Summertide Diary: Arriving at Cape Vidal

16 January 2021

Thankfully our government didn’t opt to impose even stricter lockdown regulations following the festive season spike in covid-infections and so, after 13 days at home in Pretoria we could recommence our summertide rambles, this time heading to Cape Vidal on the eastern shores of Lake St. Lucia, in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. After 7-and-a-half hours on the road we finally arrived in the holiday town of St Lucia and, after filling up on fuel and stocking up on eats and drinks we couldn’t wait to enter Bhangazi Gate for the 30km drive to Cape Vidal.

The Bhangazi gate into the Eastern Shores of Lake Saint Lucia lies roughly 610km South-East of Pretoria.
(Drawn using Google Maps)

This is one of our favourite destinations and sadly in the midst of South Africa’s first wave of the pandemic a booking we had to come to Cape Vidal in the winter holidays of 2020 had to be postponed. We were so grateful to be back now.

We were allocated log cabin #1 at Cape Vidal – although it’s the first unit as you drive into the accommodation area of the camp it was still very privately situated and surrounded by bush.

After settling into our accommodation there was only one place we wanted to go – the beach – even if by then some heavy cloud cover had started to move in from the Indian Ocean.


Map of the eastern shores section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (from




21 thoughts on “Summertide Diary: Arriving at Cape Vidal

    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      And when you are at the receiving end of their aggression you wish they were a little less agile! The African Buffalo is considered on the the most dangerous and cunning of our animals and definitely deserve our respect.

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  1. H.J. for avian101

    This time the park is near the Indian Ocean, and also near rivers and lakes. It calls for more aquatic animals, small and large. Great! I can see hippos and buffalos, already. Thank you, D. 🙂

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